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has quite a bit of automotive» RLH
related work currently, but it is
active in several markets.
Despite nearly $10 million
in changes, RLH finished the
project in 14 months.
"We do a little bit of everything," Conaway
says, noting that its current work includes
a new school campus for the Seventh-day
Adventist Church, office buildings and additional work for churches.
RLH ensures that it has a good mix of
each market on its plate. "We try to balance
that out so we're not impacted by one particular area being impacted," he says. "We
also definitely watch the market trends so
we know what to focus on."
turned over the completed
dealership to its owners in
Conaway joined RLH five years ago. Previously, he worked as a carpenter for six years
after earning an associate of technology in
building construction degree at Ranken
Technical College in St. Louis.
After moving to Florida, he began managing commercial work at RLH. Today, when
he interviews applicants at the company,
"What I tell people is that people work hard
and play hard together [here]," he says.
It also has a very open, team-oriented
environment. "Everyone is available and
willing to answer anyone's question regardless of what it is," he says.
to know what
to focus on.'
"That's my favorite part of this company.
We'll have gatherings at the office and
just kind of relax and talk and hang out,"
Conaway says. "We just keep that sense of
community together and not make people
feel like they're on an island and keep
Conaway foresees a strong future ahead
for RLH. "I don't see any reason to think that
[we'll see] any major hurdles in the future,"
he says. "We spend a lot of time focusing
on our procedures and how to continue to
operate as a small business."
Keeping its culture is an important focus
for RLH going forward, so it avoids becoming "an uncomfortable, stuffy, rigid and
sterile environment that no one wants to
interact with," he says. "[We want to] make
sure that we bring on people that are like
minded and looking for that kind of environment, and making sure we support the
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